Week of 6/4/2017

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Pentecost Sunday & Communion

Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly, and without expectation.  We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.   ~ Leo Buscaglia


EPISTLE     1 Corinthians 12:  3b-13

GOSPEL     John 7:  37-39

SERMON “Hearts Overflowing with Living Water”

 Rev. Allyson Glass


The flowers were given today in thankfulness for my church family and especially for my choir buddies, by Laura Thompson.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Choir & Music Committee.

LAY LEADER:  Tom Hay

GREETERS:  Stan & Connie Wiesniak

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp


Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson


Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 


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I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson


 

THIS WEEK

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306


 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman


 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.


Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

                                                                                                            

EPISTLE     1 Corinthians 12:  3b-13

GOSPEL     John 7:  37-39

SERMON “Hearts Overflowing with Living Water”

 Rev. Allyson Glass

The flowers were given today in thankfulness for my church family and especially for my choir buddies, by Laura Thompson.

Please join us downstairs in Fellowship Hall for Coffee Hour.  It is being hosted by the Choir & Music Committee.

LAY LEADER:  Tom Hay

GREETERS:  Stan & Connie Wiesniak

DEACON OF THE MONTH:  David Tripp

TODAY

10:00 AM – Worship

11:15 AM – Outreach Meeting

11:30 AM – Adult Choir Rehearsal

Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 

 

 

I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson

 

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306

 

Birthdays This Week

June 4 – Elwin Jimmo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

 

 

 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

 

 

 

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

 

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

 

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

 

 

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 

 

 

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Cherished Creations, God Loves You Just the Way You Are

This morning the reading in Our Daily Bread devotional was based on Psalm 51: 7, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit.”  The reading began with a description of Kintsugi, a centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery. Gold dust mixed with resin is used to reattach broken pieces or fill in cracks, resulting in a striking bond. Instead of trying to hide the repair, the art makes something beautiful out of brokenness.

As I read the devotion I thought about how broken I feel at times, totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.  And yet, over and over again, the Bible tells me that I am loved in my imperfection and I am forgiven through the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  Being loved in this way is what brings each of us joyful hearts as Christians, knowing we are loved and forgiven.

I was recently given a beautifully written piece from “365 Prescriptions for the Soul” by Bernie Siegel that illustrates how God loves us just the way we are.  In the piece labeled Prescription #192, Dr. Siegel writes:

One morning I came into the kitchen to find my wife had lined up several cups with missing handles.  She explained that I had jammed them into the dishwasher with disastrous results.  “Please dispose of them in the recycling bin,” she ordered.

“No, dear, I can drink from a cup with no handle,” I replied.  Her look told me that I should either dispose of them or hire a marriage counselor. So I packed them up and took them to our vacation house and hid them in the kitchen cabinet.  A few weeks later we went on vacation.  I knew when she opened the cabinet that I would be in big trouble.  So I ran away from home, that is, I went for a run.

Why do I believe in a higher power? Because after running on the same road for twenty years and never finding anything, that morning lying in the middle of the road was a cup with a broken handle.  I knew God had left it for me, so I ran over and picked it up.  On it were pictured two chubby elephants embracing and the words, “God loves you the way you are.”  I brought it home and showed it to my wife.  Now that cup and all the other cups are an accepted part of our family again, and so am I!

May each of us know that despite our “broken handles” we are truly loved and cherished by our loving God.

Blessings, Pastor Allyson

Prayer for the Week

Loving and compassionate God, I want to bring You joy by having a humble and repentant heart today.  Thank you for the blessings in my life and I pray that I might find a way to pass them on to those around me each day.        Amen

 

 

 

I have loved being part of this church for the last several years – singing in the choir (which I will miss the most), being on various committees, helping with various dinners and coordinating the Snowflake Fair. Thank you for my going away picnic, the special gifts I received, and the monetary gift, which will come in handy on my trip to AK. I have made so many special friendships which will last a lifetime and will plan to visit before the end of the year. Until then, peace and blessings to you all! My new address will be 1010 Willow Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830.

In Christian love,

Laura Thompson

 

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, June 5 4:30 PM Weight Watchers

Tuesday, June 6 6:15 PM GS #135

Wednesday, June 7 6:00 PM GS #60306

 

Birthdays This Week

June 4 – Elwin Jimmo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

 

 

 

A BIG Thank You to everyone for making our 5th Annual Hot Dog Stand and Field of Flags for Memorial Day so successful J  It was wonderful to see all the different parade participants, their families and our church family mingling together enjoying the day with a hot dog and refreshing bottle of water!  A record has been set by our Kitchen Crew, just 45 minutes to cook 500 hot dogs!  What amazing teamwork in the preparation and execution of our Hot Dog Stand, and our Field of Flags has never been more impressive – a beautiful tribute.  Amen.

Peace and Blessings,

Lynne Foreman

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING:

We know that there are so many places in need of donations, so please feel free to donate to wherever you feel led.

 

 

 

In honor of Children’s Day, the SCC Youth would like to help those children less fortunate have a hunger-free summer.  Here are some recommended, and much needed items, for the Seymour/Oxford Food Bank:

 

Canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice-bottles/cans, juice boxes, canned pasta: ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs; spam, jelly, Nutella, pudding or gelatin cups, fruit cups, snack cracker packs; fruit snacks; Gatorade; and flavored water.

 

Anything is most appreciated, however, we cannot accept perishable items.

Please return to Seymour Congregational Church by Sunday, June 19th, or call (203) 888-6729.

Thank You and God Bless!   ~ The Outreach Committee

 

The Valley Diaper Bank collection which we have been participating in, is having their next collection from June 1 – July 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Study:  Pastor Allyson will be offering bible study on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm.  The next study will be held on June 27th in the “Nursery” room across from the church office.  We will be discussing the “I Am” statements of Jesus over the next few months.  All are welcome to join the discussion and the fellowship.

 

SNOWFLAKE FAIR:  2017 Snowflake Fair, Nov. 18 ~ if any members are interested in renting a space ($25), please see Laura Thompson.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY:  Do you like to knit, crochet, or sew?  I invite you to join our prayer shawl ministry.  Shawls or lap blankets are given to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or even in celebration of an event.  Have questions?  Please call Lynda Boynton at 203-888-5473.

 

 

PRAYER CHAIN:  The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.  There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.  To have your email address added to our prayer chain so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at kreg5@comcast.net or call her at 203-881-2027.  If you have a prayer request you would like to go out to the people on the Prayer Chain, email or call Teresa and she will send it out.

 

 

 

Please send your announcements to the church office by Wednesday morning if you wish them to be included in next Sunday’s bulletin.

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